Head in the cloud

… they only block the sun

They rain and snow on everyone

So many things I would have done

But clouds got in my way

Clouds don’t get a good press (see Joni Mitchell, above).  They’re the reason why there’s no sun up in the sky.  They’re symbols of delusion or forlorn hope, like the clouds in Carly Simon’s coffee They’re bad omens: no one wants to see a cloud on the horizon, figuratively speaking.  And when a cloud, no bigger than a man’s hand appears, you know you’re in trouble.

OK, you can look at clouds from both sides and see ice cream castles in the air, etc.  But however you look at it, clouds are – at best – insubstantial.  Fluffy.

Clouds are on my mind this morning.  Or one particular cloud.  Lots of my friends are talking (or tweeting, WhatsApp’ing, Facebooking…) about Apple’s iCloud.

There’s nothing new about cloud computing.   But it’s only now, propelled by Apple’s marketing juggernaut, that the concept is taking flight beyond the hardcore techie-tribe.

It sounds great: since I left the corporate world I’ve never gotten used to manually synching stuff, particularly calendars, across my devices.  I love the idea that everything in my digital world could be joined-up, with everything accessible from everywhere.  Without me having to think about it.

But I’m not going to jump into the iCloud straight away.  As I write early dispatches, on Twitter or news sites like Mashable, are not wholeheartedly positive.  Inevitably, the rush to get iCloud and iOS 5 has put a strain on Apple’s servers, and it’s bound to take time before people get to grips with it.

When it comes down to it, I guess I’m more watchful-waiter than early-adopter.  If anyone can make the cloud compelling for non-techies Apple can.  But before I change my mind about clouds, and the iCloud, I’m going to see how my friends fare with it.

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2 Responses to Head in the cloud

  1. Annie says:

    I’m in the early-adopter class and it’s taking some time as you have to update your computer OS and iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad software before you can get to iCloud cleverness. So, I can’t give you any opinion yet as it’s all ongoing in the background…

  2. DAVID TAYLOR says:

    Annie – I have now updated the iPhone software… but nothing else. The look-and-feel of the phone is a little different… and some friends (who have done likewise) now have iMessages when we text, rather than SMS. Other than that… all seems as it was.

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